Houlahan Travels to Oxford, Downingtown, Modena, and Coatesville in 2-Day Hurricane Ida Aftermath Survey
CHESTER COUNTY – Yesterday, Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) concluded a two-day Hurricane Ida aftermath survey where she crisscrossed the county, visiting the hardest hit areas. She met with homeowners in Oxford whose neighborhood was decimated by a tornado, resulting in nearly a dozen homes being uninhabitable; the Chief of Police in Downingtown whose station is under reconstruction due to storm damage; small business owners in Modena Borough calling for better upstream dam management; and local officials in Coatesville to discuss the federal disaster declaration issued last week.
“The aftermath of the September 1, 2021 storm waters left behind a trail of destruction, loss of property and forced residents out of their home,” said James Logan, City Manager of the City of Coatesville. “The Coatesville community is resilient, and we will do whatever we can to get residents back into their existing or maybe new home.”
“Great to see the way community has come together,” said Jared Castaldi, Animated Brewing (Coatesville) co-owner. “I’m excited to report that we are resuming brewing operations today.”
“The business community in Modena welcomes Rep. Houlahan's interest in making our entire district more resilient to extreme weather events,” said Mark Highland, President of Organic Mechanics Soil Company. “This will require citizens, business, and government to work together toward a shared beneficial outcome. We look forward to receiving more guidance as to how we can help in this endeavor.”
Houlahan was part of a bipartisan, bicameral effort to urge President Biden to approve Governor Wolf’s major disaster declaration request without delay. For specific information by municipality and county, residents can monitor updates from their county emergency offices in Chester and Berks.
Houlahan is an Air Force veteran, an engineer, a serial entrepreneur, an educator and a nonprofit leader. She represents Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District, which encompasses Chester County and southern Berks County. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Small Business Committee. She is the recipient of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award which “recognizes members who demonstrate the bipartisan leadership and constructive governing necessary to move our country forward.”